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Guildford 'most burgled' town in UK

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Guildford 'most burgled' town in UK

Published at 8:33am 17th January 2018. (Updated at 8:39am 17th January 2018)

Guildford has been named as the most burgled area in the UK.

That is according to a survey from a comparison website looking at home insurance quotes.

MoneySuperMarket found the postcode GU3 had the highest number of theft claims over the last two years - around 52 per one thousand quotes.

The postal district covers Guildford, Compton, Normandy, Woking, Pirbright, Worplesdon, Puttenham, Fairlands, Wood Street Village, Wanborough and Artington.

It overtakes Redbridge in London which came top last year.

The data comes from analysis of more than two million home insurance quotes run on the comparison website over the last two years (January 2016-December 2017).

Guildford has raced to the top this year - it did not even feature in MoneySuperMarket's top 20 last year.

Second burglary hotspot is Cambridge, rising from 12th last year with a rate of 51.43 claims per 1,000 quotes.

And while London dominated 16 of the top 20 spots in last year’s list, other cities have overtaken the capital with Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham sitting third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The survey also found the value of claims is 37% higher in the winter than in summer.

It puts this down to the likelihood of high-value Chrismas presents in homes.

The postcode with the lowest rate of at least one claim for theft is Bideford in North Devon, with 0.78 claims per 1,000 quotes.

The Murton area in County Durham, and Tiverton in Devon, are also low down on the list.

 There are also 101 postal districts with no recorded claims.


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